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- Luka Modric wasn’t willing to give up the No 10 shirt for new teammate Eden Hazard.
- Hazard reportedly asked Modric to "lend him" the number through their mutual friend and Chelsea FC defender Mateo Kovačić.
- "He said no, so I’ll have to find another number," Hazard said.
- "But right now, the number is not important for me, I just [want] to play with this badge," he added.
- Hazard joined the Galacticos for a reported $160 million fee this week.
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The Belgian completed his £130 million ($160 million) move from Chelsea earlier this week and was presented in front of a reported 50,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
Hazard wore the No 10 shirt at Chelsea for the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge and also has the same number when playing for his country.
The 28-year-old is yet to be handed a shirt number for the 2019-20 season at Real and the playmaker revealed he cheekily asked Ballon d’Or winner Modric if would give up the number.
Unfortunately for him, Modric was clear in his refusal to give up the shirt he has worn since arriving in Spain six years ago.
"I have been able to talk to Modric through [former Chelsea team-mate Mateo] Kovacic," Hazard said.
"I was joking when I asked him to lend me the number 10. He said no, so I’ll have to find another number.
"But right now, the number is not important for me, I just [want] to play with this badge."
Hazard will be joined by a host of new arrivals in moving to the Spanish capital this summer.
Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo have been recruited as Zinedine Zidane overhauls his squad after a dismal trophyless season.
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